Distinguished Speaker Series Welcomes Noted Anthropologist to Discuss Origins of Civilization – March 21

Charles Stanish

The California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (CNBS) presents its annual Distinguished Speakers Series with Charles Stanish, professor of anthropology and director of the Cotsen Institute of Archeology at the University of California, Los Angeles

Stanish’s talk, “A Scientific Look at the Dawn of Civilization,” will discuss what is known about the origins civilization and theories that exist to explain this global phenomenon in which around 10,000 years ago human groups throughout the world shifted from having been migratory hunter-gatherers for more than 50 millennia to constructing societies characterized by temples, causeways, works of art, and the other features of what we term “civilization.”

“Dr. Stanish is one of the outstanding archaeologists of his generation, a scholar whose decades of research in the Andes have fundamentally illuminated our understanding of pre-Hispanic societies in the Americas,” said Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology at CSU Dominguez Hills.

This is the sixth CNBS Distinguished Speakers Series. Past speakers have included Kenneth Trevett, former CEO of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute; Gilbert Ivey, chief administrative officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; UC Irvine sociologist and immigration scholar Rubén Rumbart; Mark Hurley, president of Shell Pipeline Company, LP; and Aaron Velasco, professor and chair of geological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso.

When:      Wednesday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where:    Loker Student Union ballroom
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA

Info:         Free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. To RSVP or for more information, contact (310) 243-2577.

Parking:       $4 in campus lots.


  1. Marlane Nigbur says:

    I am a CSUDH student. I would like to RSVP. Fyi, I am in Judy King’s class….CA Biogeography. I believe she has reserved spaces for us but just in case. I wouldn’t want to miss it! Thanks!

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